As expected, the NY Rangers are going to hold Alexis Lafreniere back from participating in the 2021 World Juniors. The club needed to make a decision, and it was the right decision from an asset management standpoint.
This likely means that Kaapo Kakko will be held back from participating in the 2021 World Juniors as well. Both prospects were eligible, but the Rangers will want to hold them back to continue training at the NHL level.
The logical person in me says this is the right move. After all, why risk injury? But the fan in me is disappointed because I would have loved to see both at the tournament.